Pennies for Peace - Evergreen Elementary School
Imagine not having access to education. Imagine not having a teacher to guide you each day to help you learn. Imagine wanting to learn so much, but not being able to do so. For us in America, those things may be hard to understand, but around the world, that isn't the case. Third grade students at Evergreen Elementary School in Scotch Plains were given those prompts and asked to do something to help.
During the month of February, the students participated in the global program, Pennies for Peace. The program, begun by Greg Mortenson an American, raises money to build schools for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The basis of the program is that education, especially for the girls, helps to spread the value of education throughout communities. In addition, literacy for boys and girls allows for better economic opportunities in the future and neutralizes power of extremist leaders.
The students collected pennies from neighbors and family members. In total, the students raised over $180.00, which translates into 18,000 pennies. For more information on the Pennies for Peace program, log onto http://www.penniesforpeace.org/. For more information on Evergreen School, log onto www.spfk12.org.